Munich reports a historic low

Photo: Munich Airport.
Photo: Munich Airport.

Munich reports a historic low

Photo: Munich Airport.
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In the first half of 2020, Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport recorded the lowest number of passengers since the airport opened. The volume fell by two thirds compared to the record year 2019. The number of flight movements fell by 57 percent.

The worldwide spread of the coronavirus brought Munich Airport to a decline in the number of passengers for the first time after years of sustained growth in traffic: The number of passengers fell by around 2020 million to just under 15 million in the first half of 7,8, which is two thirds below the previous year's level. The number of flight movements fell from over 200.000 take-offs and landings to around 87.000 - a decrease of 57 percent. The volume of air freight flown was 87.000 tons, halving the previous year's figure.

In the second quarter of 2020, passenger traffic at Munich Airport almost came to a standstill due to global travel restrictions. The number of passengers dropped by 98 percent compared to the previous year. The number of take-offs and landings fell by around 92 percent during this period. The airport thus posted the lowest quarterly result since the airport opened in 1992.

The declines in air freight were somewhat lower in the second quarter with a drop of 78 percent. Special traffic with cargo planes that transported medical aid to Munich had an impact here.

The serious effects of the corona pandemic are particularly reflected in the traffic statistics for April and May. Here, the number of passengers was only around one percent of the previous year's figures. Since the travel restrictions within the EU were lifted again in mid-June, there has been a slow upward trend: while only a few thousand passengers were counted per week in April, there were already more than 100.000 passengers in the first week of July. The Bavarian capital is now connected to more than 120 destinations around the world. In addition to 13 domestic German connections and numerous European destinations, seven long-haul travel destinations in North America and five long-haul destinations in Asia are offered.

For the CEO of Flughafen München GmbH, Jost Lammers, the airport’s half-year figures are an expression of the massive crisis in the entire aviation industry: “Like the airlines, we have got into a difficult situation through no fault of our own, which poses enormous challenges. The task now is to lead Munich Airport through a phase of consolidation lasting several years. In view of the medium and long-term development, however, I am still confident that our airport will resume its role as an important European air traffic hub. "

The traffic figures for the first half of the year:

20202019change
Passenger volume   
Commercial traffic7.767.96422.744.720- 65,8%
Flight movements   
Total87.160204.830- 57,4%
Cargo handling (in t)   
Air freight flown87.134162.583- 46,4%

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